May 16, 2005

Dialup Testing with Win2K at Biomed

These instructions assume that the target computer has been configured for dial-up testing by Systems. The preparation of a computer for this includes starting with a standard staff Windows image, installing a modem and its driver, connecting it t the analog phone port of one of the new phones, creating shortcuts for LAN and University dialup, and changing a group policy right (via gpedit.msc) so that all users of that computer can enable/disable LAN connections on the fly without being administrator. Also, for security reasons all server services (web, ftp, vnc) should be removed or disabled.

That said, here’s how I prefer that staff handle dial-up testing. While it may be possible to be use both the LAN (Local Area Network) and the modem simultaneously, please use only one at a time. This will be better for security, and you will only get a true end-user experience if you disable the LAN. Fortunately, there is no need to unplug or move any cables.

How to disable the LAN and connect the modem:

1. Ensure that the modem (to the right of the PC) is on.

2. Hang up the phone so the line is available for modem.

3. Login to the PC and network as you normally would.

4. Close all applications. Do NOT run email or anything.

5. In the tray at the bottom right of the screen, right-click
    the LAN icon and then click "disable" to disconnect.

6. Prove to yourself that the LAN is off by trying to open
    Internet Explorer. It should fail to find its home page.

7. Double click the new desktop icon for "dialup" and
    enter your Internet/email user ID and password.

8. After the modem connects, restart Internet Explorer
    and test whatever Internet stuff you like. Speeds in
    three tests were around 41k. This is probably typical.

How to disable the modem and reconnect the LAN:

1. Close all applications. Do not run email or anything.

2. In the tray at the bottom right of the screen, right-click
    the modem icon and then click "disconnect".

3. Double-click the new desktop icon labelled "LOCAL
    AREA CONNECTION" and watch the corresponding
    tray icon reappear below (the one you killed earlier).

4. If/as needed, Start -> Programs -> Novell -> Login
    to reconnect to server(s) and get drives H:, O:, etc.

Please only use modems for end-user testing. Your mileage many vary. Follow these steps precisely. We tweaked the PC so that this should work for any user. Let me know if you have trouble with this.

Posted by tapli005 at May 16, 2005 9:25 AM